In a restaurant scene long on female talent, it may be considered passé to ask the question, "Where are all the female chefs?" But when women still make up only a little over 6 percent of the executive chef workforce in the United States, sometimes visuals help. This weekend (and continuing today, April 20), around 400 industry professionals flooded the Millennium Broadway hotel for the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Conference, which kicked off with a keynote address from Lidia Bastianich on pushing forward with authenticity and a panel on "Taking a Bigger Bite Out of Your Career". After the serious insight was scribbled down and Tweeted out, the lights dimmed, a disco ball started to spin, and a Studio 54-themed party began.
all photos Jacqueline Raposo Elizabeth Karmel's team at last night's Studio 54 party